President Alison Byerly discussed the new strategic direction for the College that she recently announced and other topics of interest to alumni, parents, and friends in a live, one-hour webchat March 15.
Viewers tuned in from Australia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom in addition to the United States. The hosts were Alex Karapetian ’04, president of the Alumni Association, and Lisa Kassel ’79, president-elect of the association.
Last month, in a message to the extended Lafayette community, Byerly announced an ambitious plan for making transformative investments in the quality of Lafayette’s people and the vibrancy of the educational community.
The plan calls for strengthening financial aid resources with the goal of admitting the most qualified students regardless of their ability to pay. It also calls for growing the size of the student body to 2,850-2,900 over six to eight years while maintaining or improving the student-faculty ratio and enhancing faculty recruitment and retention through competitive salaries.
“This direction represents a shared conviction on the part of the administration, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees that Lafayette College is defined by our people,” Byerly says. “We believe our vision can transform Lafayette into the college we aspire to be.”
In the webchat Byerly also spoke about the progress and impact of the historic $400 million Live Connected, Lead Change campaign, which is enabling the College to enhance and improve every aspect of the Lafayette experience.